Helsinki, the happiest city in the world

Located on the Baltic Sea coast, surrounded by 315 islands and huge green areas, Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The city bears traces of Russian and Swedish culture, as well as Finland’s struggle for independence. The capital, which successfully blends modernism and history, also stands out with its cultural and artistic events. Betül Cebeci wrote about Helsinki, defined as the ‘happiest city in the world’

Located on the Baltic Sea coast, surrounded by 315 islands and huge green areas, Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The city bears traces of Russian and Swedish culture, as well as Finland’s struggle for independence. The capital, which successfully blends modernism and history, also stands out with its cultural and artistic events. Betül Cebeci wrote about Helsinki, defined as the ‘happiest city in the world’

How can I go?
The flight time between Istanbul and Helsinki takes approximately 4 hours. Helsinki Vantaa Airport is located 20 km northwest of the city center. It is possible to reach the city center from the airport in approximately 45 minutes by public buses numbered 615 and 615T. However, you can also choose Finnair buses for a faster and more comfortable journey. Since Finnair buses do not stop at every stop like public buses, they allow you to be in the center faster, in approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the location of the hotel you will stay in or where you want to go, you can also use metro and tram lines from the airport. In a city where transportation is quite expensive, purchasing an HSL Day Ticket, that is, a daily ticket, may be an economical option, depending on the location of your hotel and the places you want to visit. Day tickets, valid for bus, metro, tram and ferry lines within the city, will significantly relieve your travel budget if you do not plan to walk everywhere.

What do I need?
Finland became a member of the European Union in 1995. Therefore, Turkish citizens with maroon passports must have a Schengen visa to enter the country. Turkish citizens with green passports can visit the country without a visa.

When should i go?
Helsinki, one of the calm and cold capitals of Scandinavia, has a humid continental climate. During the winter months, freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall dominate the city, and temperatures can drop to -20 degrees. However, during the winter months, the sun rises late and sets early, and sunlight illuminates the city for an average of 5 hours a day. Therefore, unless you have plans to go further north of the country and see the Northern Lights, you may not want to be in Helsinki during the winter months. Although temperatures begin to rise in spring and autumn, the weather is still quite cool. The best times to visit this beautiful capital of the north are July and August, when temperatures rise to 20 degrees. Moreover, in these months, unlike the winter months, there are long and bright days called ‘white nights’ because the sun rises early and sets late. Many international festivals are held in Helsinki during the summer months, when the city is at its most lively and lively.

Helsinki is a city with many options where you can easily find accommodation according to your accommodation preferences. The metro and tram network in the city allows you to easily reach where you want to go, no matter which area you stay in. The only thing you need to pay attention to when staying in Helsinki is your budget. In the city where everything is quite expensive, planning your accommodation according to your budget will not affect your other expenses for your trip. The main areas where you can stay in Helsinki and their features can be listed as follows:

Kamppi: Considered the center of Helsinki; An area famous for its shopping opportunities, restaurants and nightlife. If you have little time in the city or are coming to the city for the first time, it may be a good idea to stay in this area.

Kallio: A popular area for young people and art lovers, Kallio attracts attention with its lively nightlife and stylish cafes. You can find more economical accommodation options in Kallio than in the city centre.

Eira: Eira, a quieter and more luxurious part of the city, makes a name for itself with its historical buildings, green areas and sea views. There are mostly boutique hotels and daily rental apartments in this region.

Katajanokka: Katajanokka, which can be described as the historical district of Helsinki, is located on an island. Katajanokka, the favorite region of those who like to stay in touch with history, offers accommodation options for every budget.

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